\ ˈkrəsh How to pronounce crush (audio) \
crushed; crushing; crushes

Definition of crush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to squeeze or force by pressure so as to alter or destroy structure crush grapes
b : to squeeze together into a mass She crushed her clothes into a bag.
2 : to reduce to particles by pounding or grinding crush rock
3a : to subdue completely The rebellion was crushed.
b : to cause overwhelming emotional pain to (someone) Her insults crushed him.
c : to oppress or burden grievously crushed by debt
d : to suppress or overwhelm as if by pressure or weight
4 : crowd, push were crushed into the elevator
5 : hug, embrace She crushed her child to her breast.
6 archaic : drink

intransitive verb

1 : to advance with or as if with crushing The crowd crushed ruthlessly toward the exit.
2 : to become crushed The stewed tomatoes crush easily.
3 obsolete : crash
4 informal : to experience an intense and usually passing infatuation : to have a crush on someone usually used with onShe's been crushing on him all summer.Turns out Fat Monica was motivated to lose all the weight after she overhead Chandler (whom she was crushing on) tell Ross: "I don't want to be stuck here all night with your fat sister."Entertainment Weekly



Definition of crush (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an intense and usually passing infatuation have a crush on someone also : the object of infatuation
2a : crowd, mob especially : a crowd of people pressing against one another
b : a crowding together (as of people)
3 : an act of crushing
4 : the quantity of material crushed

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Other Words from crush


crushable \ ˈkrə-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce crushable (audio) \ adjective
crusher noun
crushingly adverb


crushproof \ ˈkrəsh-​ˌprüf How to pronounce crushproof (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for crush

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Synonyms: Noun

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crowd, throng, horde, crush, mob mean an assembled multitude. crowd implies a close gathering and pressing together. a crowd gathered throng and horde suggest movement and pushing. a throng of reporters a horde of shoppers crush emphasizes the compactness of the group, the difficulty of individual movement, and the attendant discomfort. a crush of fans mob implies a disorderly crowd with the potential for violence. an angry mob

Examples of crush in a Sentence

Verb Unfortunately some of the flowers got crushed when we were moving them. The bicycle was crushed under the truck's tires. The machine crushes the cans so that they can be stored until they are recycled. Her arm was crushed in the accident. Crush the nuts and sprinkle them on top of the cake. The rocks were crushed into dust. Noun Yesterday I saw my old high school crush for the first time in five years. The crush in the train station is at its worst during the afternoon rush hour. Outside the hotel stood a crush of reporters waiting for her arrival.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 1983, the Condor made the front page of The Chronicle after a hydraulic piano crushed one of its workers. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: The California presidential campaign hiring boom," 13 Feb. 2020 In 1983, the Condor made the front page of The Chronicle after a hydraulic piano crushed one of its workers. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Getting intimate at the Condor," 13 Feb. 2020 If none of this is working for your palette, just crush a Guinness and everything will be fine. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's TML: Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer is the gift that keeps on giving," 13 Feb. 2020 The Indonesian sugar association represents 20 mills, mostly state-owned, that crush domestic cane or make additional imports, mostly from Thailand, to meet household consumption. Time, "The World Is Running Short of Sugar. Here's Why Prices Are Likely to Rise Even More," 12 Feb. 2020 Inside, there was a drawing of a stick figure hanging from a tree, a threatening note made out of cutout letters, and then-unknown powder which was later identified as crushed Asprin. Sarah Midkiff,, "A Timeline Of Jussie Smollett’s Case: From Alleged Hate Crime To Grand Jury Charges," 12 Feb. 2020 Ever fantasize about suiting up for your team and crushing the competition? Alex Chaet, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 7 Feb. 2020 While its bite could crush bones and its blade-like teeth tore through meat, Müller and company believe Dynamosuchus collisensis was a slow scavenger, or necrophagous, similar to the vultures and hyenas of today. National Geographic, "Rare fossil of bone-crushing crocodile cousin found in Brazil," 5 Feb. 2020 The dangerous storms, including heavy rain, extended to Louisiana, where high winds brought down scaffolding in New Orleans, crushing the cars below and injuring one person. Omar Villafranca, CBS News, "Tornadoes reported across Mississippi as powerful weather system threatens millions," 5 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brughelli made the Bien Nacido wines at Bien Nacido’s on-site winery, while Giugni made other wines at a custom-crush facility. Esther Mobley,, "Founders of Scar of the Sea, a leading Santa Barbara County winery, end partnership," 13 Feb. 2020 The crush has led to long floor sessions and late-night committee meetings, both unusual for Virginia’s part-time legislature. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, "Virginia Democrats push progressive agenda — with a dose of caution," 11 Feb. 2020 The courts began following the new guidelines in November to avoid a last minute crush of people who were released from jail. New York Times, "Spike in Crime Inflames Debate Over Bail Law in New York," 4 Feb. 2020 Built with sustainability in mind, this set of outdoor speakers from DemerBox is cleverly constructed inside a rugged Pelican case, which makes them not only waterproof and crush-proof but fully serviceable as well. Popular Science, "Great portable speakers for your next outdoor party," 3 Feb. 2020 After a particularly intense crush last spring, the ranch closed to the public over road-safety concerns. Ha Duong, WSJ, "4 Tourist Attractions You Can’t Photograph—from Geishas to Daffodil Hill," 30 Jan. 2020 Perhaps most inexplicably, the ban was announced to take effect at 10 a.m. on a Thursday, creating an early-morning crush of travelers trying to get out ahead of the quarantine. Keith B. Richburg, STAT, "Bird flu. SARS. China coronavirus. Is history repeating itself?," 27 Jan. 2020 Those who weren't prepared for the crush were frustrated by closed streets, heavy traffic and in a few spots, gridlock. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A made-in-Milwaukee carnival: Donald Trump, Milwaukee Bucks fill downtown," 14 Jan. 2020 Alma writes about crushes and kisses and assignations on the Ringstrasse, about vigorously practicing the piano and earnestly studying composition, about attending the opera, about buying dresses and fighting with her mama. Cathleen Schine, The New York Review of Books, "It Had to Be Her," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of crush


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1599, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for crush

Verb and Noun

Middle English crusshen, from Anglo-French croissir, croistre, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Low German krossen to crush

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The first known use of crush was in the 15th century

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17 Feb 2020

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“Crush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of crush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to press or squeeze (something) so hard that it breaks or loses its shape
: to break (something) into a powder or very small pieces by pressing, pounding, or grinding it
: to defeat (a person or group that opposes you) by using a lot of force



English Language Learners Definition of crush (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong feeling of romantic love for someone that is usually not expressed and does not last a long time
: the person on whom you have a crush
: a crowd of people who are pressed close together


\ ˈkrəsh How to pronounce crush (audio) \
crushed; crushing

Kids Definition of crush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to squeeze together so as to change or destroy the natural shape or condition We crush grapes for their juice.
2 : to break into fine pieces by pressure The machine crushes stone.
3 : overwhelm sense 1 crush an enemy
4 : to defeat in spirit The injury crushed her hopes of winning.



Kids Definition of crush (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a tightly packed crowd He got caught in the crush of holiday shoppers.
2 : a foolish or very strong liking : infatuation Libby has a crush on a lifeguard named Freddie.— Judy Blume, Sheila the Great

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